[DWJ] Monthly Read-Along - Charmed Life
eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Wed Nov 7 09:30:57 EST 2012
On 07/11/12 06:29, Jane Scarlett wrote:
> What puzzles me in all of this is how old Gwendolen was when she put Cat's
> lives into the box of matches, and how come she knew so much magic then
> since it was before she had started any training?
Maybe by instinct, the same way Cat is turning things into birds at the
end of the book? She's borrowing his magic, so she ought to be able to
use it the same way he would.
Then what is she learning from Mr Nostrum? Perhaps how to use her own
magic (witch magic) in the standard way, plus a bunch of theory. I'm
not sure whether Mr Nostrum realises she's in the habit of borrowing
Cat's magic, but he seems to believe she's a witch, not an enchantress.
The incident with the book of matches happens before their parents die,
because the parents write to Chrestomanci about it. My reading is that
Cat and Gwendolen live with Mrs Sharp for about a year - isn't she
giving Mr Nostrum one of Chrestomanci's three signatures per term? I
also get the feeling that Gwendolen is quite a lot older than Cat, so
maybe she and Janet are about 11 and Cat is about 7 in the main part of
the story. (As usual, DWJ never tells us.) That would make Gwendolen
10 or younger when she puts Cat's lives into the book of matches. Does
that sound OK?
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